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At the Feet of The Mother

The Deeper Meaning: OM


Every month since 1967 I used to take to the Mother a calendar with paintings of flowers and She would write a prayer on it. This talk was held in the month of February, 1972.

The Mother looks at the previous prayer, and asks me to read it.

Is it January?

Yes, Mother — it is January.

Read what is written here.

“In this year of Sri Aurobindo’s centenary, let us strive to be worthy of Him…”

And then?

“…by following His teaching faithfully in order to prepare the advent of the superman. Happy New Year.”

What flower is this? (pointing to the painted flower)



A [another disciple]: This is ‘Superhumanity’? The name of this flower is ‘Superhumanity’?

Which flower is it?

This flower — it is the white dahlia.

Dahlia! Yes, yes.

(The Mother writes the prayer for the month of February and below it She writes “OM”)


With the help of OM one can realise the Divine. OM has a transforming power. OM represents the Divine.

A: Yes, it represents the Divine. It represents the Divine. OM, but OM is the sound?

The sound — *They say that all the aspirations of the world when going towards the Divine make O…..M, like that.* (The Mother chants the word)

Yes, Mother.

*And then, that is why they say “OM”.*

A: Mother, please say it once again. Please say it again.


A: OM, it is fine, Mother, it was very beautiful.

(Mother laughs)

A: Mother, once more, please.

O…..M. …   *It is like this everywhere.* O…..M. O…..M.

A: Yes, Mother.

*Look here, I was in France some, I think, sixty years ago. There was a Frenchman who came back from the Himalayas, who had stayed there some time, and he gave a lecture, and I listened to the lecture, and in the lecture he said that when he was deep in the Himalayas, there was a Sannyasin, whom he didn’t know, [who] came to see him and told him only this “O…..M” and that he was completely changed. And then, when he said “O…..M”, I felt the same change in me,… as if the Divine was coming in. O…..M.*

Voilà. Good, good. Keep the secret.

You will recall this: O…..M. O…..M. That’s all.

O…..M. It must be manifested. If anything goes wrong, repeat OM, all will go well.


(About OM, the Mother once wrote to a child,
“…the Signature of the Lord”.)

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